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hydrophobic

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adjective hy·dro·pho·bic \-ˈfō-bik\

Definition of hydrophobic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or suffering from hydrophobia

  2. 2 :  lacking affinity for water

hydrophobicity

play \-fō-ˈbi-sə-tē\ noun


1807

First Known Use of hydrophobic

1807


Medical Dictionary

hydrophobic

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adjective hy·dro·pho·bic \-ˈfō-bik\

Medical Definition of hydrophobic

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or suffering from hydrophobia

  2. 2:  resistant to or avoiding wetting <a hydrophobic lens>

  3. 3:  of, relating to, or having a lack of affinity for water <hydrophobic colloids are relatively unstable>—compare lyophobic, oleophobic

hydrophobically

\-bi-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

hydrophobicity

\-ˌfō-ˈbis-ət-ē\play noun plural

hydrophobicities




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